Tuesday, March 15, 2005

This exact second in unnecessary sequels...

I actually saw Miss Congeniality when it was out (I needed a film I could see with my Mom, in case you're wondering), and it was the sort of movie you'd describe as 'cute.' It was exactly what you'd think and no more, but hit all its marks, and was pleasant enough.

However, did they really need to make a sequel to it? It's a sad comment on Sandra Bullock's career that she would bother. This is especially true in that the real star of the first film was Michael Caine, who's absent in the follow-up, perhaps because he's appearing in Batman Begins. Moreover, Bullock's sing-song "you liiiike me" bit, which made sense when uttered to her romantic interest in the first film, Benjamin Bratt, is obviously shoehorned in here whether it makes sense or not. This is the sort of thing that's so evidentially mere product that it leaves you a bit depressed. I'm not saying the film is going to be awful, although it wouldn't surprise me. It's just so, yes, unnecessary.


At 4:32 PM, Blogger Brad said...

Little trivia here: in Miss Congeniality, Sandra Bullock ad libbed her sing-song "You think I'm gooooorgeous" line. They're not just shoehorning in a joke from the previous movie, they're shoehorning an UNPLANNED joke.

Slightly OT, and this may be (or not) worth a mention on the Jabootu site: I've noticed that a lot of the catch phrases that actually WORK are not written that way, they're just a well-written line or - a LOT of the time - improvised on set. And movies that try to build catch phrases and sell them often end up going ka-blooey. I don't have time to go into detail, but I'll try and remember to mention it on the Jabootu site later on tonight.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Timo said...

I'd go see it if it were titled "Miss Congeniality 2: Electric Boogaloo."


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